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Poster: splue Date: Mar 16, 2011 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident

i think one big prob in assessing is that governments & corporate media r telling so many lies to people way b4 this tragedy, so it's hard 2 know what the *true* situation is---

is a lot of it what they want people 2 believe or is it the truth? i mean, if it's worse than how horrible it is, would they tell us???

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 16, 2011 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident

Short answer, I think the Japanese government may have deliberately witheld information to avert a panic and allow for an as orderly as possible evacuation given the other challenges because of the earthquake and tsunami.

I was a little surprised they ordered a 20 kilometer evac zone as soon as they did. I think they were being very conservative with that call, but it was the right call. Whether or not they knew that the situation was very bad and didn't let everyone know, or they knew that there was a high probability that it could get worse quickly and didn't let everyone know, or they were just being overly cautious isn't really an issue for me.

It got worse, so the conservative call for early evacuation was validated.

It could get even worse, but I also am convinced that they are doing everything possible to combat the casualty - there are Japanese workers at Fukushima Daiichi who are quite simply performing heroic tasks. Some of them have already died of radiation exposure, more will.

I am less concerned with getting every last detail right now, and allwing the Japanese to focus on fighting the casualty as best they can. I still think they are in a grace period where we shouldn't be so quick to holler for complete transparency of the events. But that time is coming soon where they need to start pumping out information regarding radiation levels, specific isotopes released, release estimates, and details about the damage at each reactor unit. There's a big difference between 'want to know' and 'need to know' right now.